Immunizations are a safe, effective and healthy way to prevent disease. British Columbia has one of the best immunization programs in the world!
Currently, B.C.'s publicly funded immunization program for school-aged children, provides a variety of vaccines for protection against infectious diseases.
- At school entry (4-6 years of age) students are offered vaccinations against Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis/Polio, Chickenpox and any childhood vaccinations that may be overdue. Kindergarten immunizations are offered through Health Units; information is sent home regarding dates and times.
- Grade 6 students are offered vaccinations against Hepatitis B, Meningococcal C, Chickenpox and for girls, Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Here is the link to the HealthLinkBC Grade 6 Immunization page.
Grade 9 students are offered vaccinations against Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis.
For grade 6 and grade 9 students, immunizations are offered at school throughout the school year. Consent forms and information are sent home through the schools. Please read the information carefully, complete and sign the consent form and return to the school.
You can also download a copy of the consent form and the HealthLink BC File information.
· Grade 6: Consent form , HealthLink BC File -Grade 6 Immunizations in BC
· Grade 9: Consent form , HealthLink BC File - Tetanus Diptheria Pertussis Vaccine·
Instructions for completing online consent form:
o Read the HealthLink BC File.
o Check the "yes" box if you want your child to get the vaccine, and check the "no" box if you do not want your child to get the vaccine.
o Print the consent form, then sign for each vaccine even if you checked "no".
o Return the consent form to the school or health unit.
If you have any questions or concerns about vaccines or immunizations, please contact your local health unit, school nurse or health care provider.